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Welfare of Animals (Slaughter or Killing) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Codes of practice

7.—(1) The Department may from time to time, after consultation with such organisations as appear to it to represent the interests concerned—

(a)prepare and issue codes of practice for the purpose of providing guidance in respect of these Regulations; and

(b)revise any such code by revoking, varying, amending or adding to the provisions of the code.

(2) A code prepared in pursuance of this regulation and any alterations proposed to be made on the revision of such a code shall be laid before the Assembly and the Department shall not issue the code or revised code, as the case may be, within the statutory period next after the code or, as the case may be, the proposed alterations were so laid.

(3) If, within the period mentioned in paragraph (2), the Assembly resolves that the code be not issued or the proposed alterations be not made, the Department shall not issue the code or revised code (without prejudice to its power under that paragraph to lay further codes or proposed alterations before the Assembly).

(4) The Department shall cause any code issued or revised under this regulation to be printed and distributed, and may make such arrangements as it thinks fit for its distribution, including causing copies of it to be put on sale to the public at such reasonable price as the Department may determine.

(5) A failure on the part of any person to follow any guidance contained in a code issued under this regulation shall not of itself render that person liable to proceedings of any kind.

(6) If, in proceedings against any person for an offence consisting of the contravention of any provision of these Regulations, it is shown that, at any material time, he failed to follow any guidance contained in a code issued under this regulation, being guidance which was relevant to the provision concerned, that failure may be relied upon by the prosecution as tending to establish his guilt.

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